Which Nutcracker will you choose?


Loyce Houlton's "Madame Bonbonniere"

It's that time of year when visions of sugar plums dance in our head, and sugar plum fairies dance on local stages. Productions of the Nutcracker abound, and there's a little something

for just about everybody. Which one will you choose?

1. Ballet Minnesota presents the classic Nutcracker at the O'Shaughnessy Auditorium tonight through Sunday.

2. The Nutcracker According to Mother Goose - by Zenon Dance Company, on stage at the Cowles Center this Saturday and Sunday. As the title implies, this one's a bit of a mash-up with other familiar children's stories.

3. Loyce Houlton's Nutcracker Fantasy, also at the Cowles Center, Dec 23 - 31 - featuring the "hilarious antics" of Madame Bonbonniere.

4. Ballet of the Dolls presents its new adult take on the classic with "Nutcracker: The Lost Act." Dance critic Linda Shapiro describes it as "a crafty mix of slick nightclub acts, sleazy cabaret, and surreal Fellini-esque shenanigans." Performances run through Dec 31.

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